Arab Youth Development Network

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2012

Arab Youth Development Network

Egypt

Jordan

Palestinian Territories

Iraq

Lebanon

Yemen


Morocco

Tunisia

Libya



What the Middle East lacks is
channels that
connect young people
with
promising long term
opportunities
(American University of Beirut)
.

The MENA Region has the highest
youth unemployment rates in the
world. 100M, or 30% of the
population are between the ages
of 15 and 29 (
Silatech
, 2010 ).

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Challenges facing young people in MENA


Short term
j
ob
c
reation packages
can do more harm than good if not linked to
lasting employment.


Youth Policy makers

rarely
engage young people in decisions
.


Institutional Reform:
trade reform won’t benefit young people unless institutional
structures stop favouring older generations
.


Access to Financial Services
:
Lending institutions incorrectly perceive young people
as risky, and access to building productive assets (
eg
. savings) is very low in formal
institutions.


F
ew opportunities for youth as civic actors during the gap between
education
and
job:

Civic opportunities can increase economic prospects
.


The Education/Skills
-
Market
mis
-
match:

education systems are not preparing
youth for today’s
labor

market, and career counselling is virtually non
-
existent in most
countries.


Social and Cultural Norms
that create barriers to access opportunities, particularly
for young women.

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The Youth Network Theory of Change

Workforce
Development


Skills,
Mentoring and Education

(Connected services will address the education/
skills
-

market mismatch)

Young people need

relevant education and
lifeskills

to advance in the workplace. This requires
improvement of the quality of education (relevant
curriculum, teaching approach) that meets market
demand and encourages private sector investment
in human resources, e.g. careers as much as jobs.
Education (formal and non
-
formal) must be
connected to apprenticeships, internships, career
counselling.

Bridging the gap to Financial Services

( Unlocking finance will support young people to
become productive adults)


Young people are often excluded from participation in
financial services (savings, credit), which hinders their
ability to build assets for planning a future (business
development, family, education). This is not only
about access to capital, but how to use it wisely
(financial literacy). YDSN will work with
Silatech

to
support bridging this gap, including research that will
challenge financial institutions to develop more youth
accessible, friendly products.










Engagement in Civil Society

(Civic
participation improves economic participation
)

Civic
engagement programmes can enable young people to be
more active in their communities and to engage with
institutions
and government.
There is some evidence globally that this
experience helps
youth become
more
politically, socially
and
economically
active through acquisition of important life skills.

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The Youth Network Theory of Change










Policy Framework

(Institutional policy can improve
opportunities for youth)


YDSN will advocate with Governments to
develop
youth
friendly policies to expand
youth opportunities for engagement: e.g.
labour laws, work environment/conditions,
female
-
friendly policies, financial services
(central bank). YDSN will assess and advise
government and private sector on skills
programmes, education reform, youth
engagement in civil society.



The Social Environment

(Social, cultural factors that affect young
people’s engagement in the workplace)


Shifting youth and parental attitudes and
expectations about what is acceptable work,
particularly for young women, such as
marriage practices/status, addressing
gendered division of labour will improve
young people’s job prospects and quality of
jobs
.




5

The Network Vision

A

dedicated
centre
of
excellence, driving best practices
and
innovation.

The Network will serve as a platform and think
-
tank
providing expertise and capacity to support
government, private sector and national/community
based organizations in more effective engagement with
youth. Through partnerships it will support
coordination of regional efforts to achieve quality youth
programming at scale.

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T
he YDSN Concept


Implementation Support


Supporting

strategic regional
and country
-
level development


Provision of internal and
external technical assistance in
youth development from a
roster of technical experts


Provision of technical
assistance in program design,
monitoring and evaluation


Supporting knowledge
management (capturing and
sharing knowledge) from
regional and country
-
level
programs and projects.


Grants for collaborative
initiatives, through a youth fund

Knowledge Hub


Collaborate with youth and research partners to
collect and analyze data to develop an understanding
of issues facing Arab youth


Provide links to global initiatives for Arab youth.


Identify, promote and support innovations to scale up.


Share knowledge and expertise across program
sectors through the online forum.


Knowledge management to assist national, regional
and country
-
level strategic program planning.


Provide evidence
-
based support policy reform with
the Arab League and Governments.


Publishing and communicating successes and lessons
learned from program implementation to improve
programming.

Regional Partnerships


Develop multi
-

sector

alliances with
partners (NGOs, private sector) to
address
youth
needs on areas such as access to
finance, youth employment
t
raining and
skills


Work with regional partners, such as
Silatech
, to create more choices and
opportunities for young people.


Develop targeted action plan with League
of Arab States for advocacy and awareness
raising on youth issues for change



Implementation
Support
Knowledge
Hub
Regional
Partnerships
YDSN
MENAs

Youth challenges can not be met
with stand alone programmes

Or by private sector, NGOs or
government’s
working alone. It needs
partnerships.

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YDSN Deliverables






Launch
:
The

Arab Youth Network launches in Amman in April 2013 with the online knowledge
hub
and a two day youth forum convening 100 young people to speak directly to 50 donor,
government, private sector and civil society
organizations.



Support the Arab League with a Regional Youth Strategy
:
YDSN will support the Arab
League prepare a strategy on youth employment. This could provide a strong foundation for
further collaborative work with individual governments on youth policy.



Work with governments to develop their youth policies
:
A number of governments in the
region have requested support with developing youth strategies. A number are experimenting with
youth parliaments. YDSN will provide technical advice with strategy development and share best
practice.



Assess
and design Private
Sector and NGO Programmes
:
The YDSN will offer support to
private sector and NGO organisations wanting assessment or design support with their youth
programmes. This will enable the YDSN to catalogue best practice examples.



Research
:
In partnership with the AUB Youth Research
Programme
,
YDSN
will review existing
literature and data and undertake primary data collection across Arab countries. An annual report
will be published outlining progress across the five priority themes
.



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How will we work together with our partners?

Corporations

And Banks

Donors

Youth

NGOs

Governments

Academia

Enabling donors to evaluate
progress and invest in strategic
initiatives.

Jointly designing programs to
leverage private sector and
NGO expertise and finance to
deliver on shared social
objectives.

Provide
advisory services and
showcase innovative
, evidence
-
based interventions for
governments to execute at scale

Partnering in consortia and
coalitions to
multiply impact and

f
unding.

Improving use of research and
evidence in design and
monitoring of youth
interventions.


Engaging youth to design and
execute innovative ideas that are
responsive to their needs

YDSN will foster collaborative and innovative
partnership
models.

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Potential/Interested Partners

Private Sector


Pepsi
-
Co


Accenture


Shell


Manpower


Gallup


Intel


Al Ali


Foundations


Silatech


Emirates Foundation













NGOs


INJAZ


Alashanek

ya

Balady


Oasis 500


Young Entrepreneurs

Association Jordan


Global Partners


UN Inter
-
agency network on

Youth Development


World Bank Global) Public
-

Private Partnership for Youth
Investment


Youth Employment Network


Youth Business International











Interested Donors



Italy


US


Canada


Norway


Sweden


Finland


World Bank


Qatar


Research


AUB



Youth in the Arab World
Programme,


AUC



Social Research Centre


Etijah

-

youth
and development
consultancy


British Council


Carnegie Beirut Centre


Chatham House





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Case Study
:

Private Sector Partnership with
Pepsico


PepsiCo has committed to work with the YDSN in variety of ways illustrated
below, private sector partners could be invited to partner with the YDSN on any:



Corporate expertise
: support to d
evelop the YDSN communication
strategy and tools e.g. the online knowledge hub.



Financial support
to youth groups to implement project innovations.



Direct training and employment
:
Provide
young people on the network
with
skills,
training
and employment.



Outreach to young people
:
Organize
youth
events and interactive
webinars to
support youth voices and leadership
.



Contributing
b
est practice experience
: YDSN
will assess PepsiCo youth
related CSR projects and highlight best
practice
in implementation
and results
to be shared with other private sector companies as a
model.





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Thank you